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Editors’ Notes

Few singer-songwriters took chances like Tim Buckley. Granted, few had his impressive vocal range, but it isn't just the adventurous vocal swoops that made his music such an intriguing challenge, but the stylistic inventions where flowing, jazz-inspired rhythms expanded upon Buckley's initial folk inspirations. Buckley heard music as an extension of the human spirit and many of his songs are extremely self-conscious of the music's place within himself ("Blue Melody"). Blue Afternoon, Buckley's fourth album, is among his most artistically rewarding collections, building on the great progress of his previous album Happy / Sad with songs that further wandered into a free-form beauty without losing the simple magic of their original creation. "Happy Time," "Chase the Blues Away," and, especially, the somber "The River" are among Buckley's most compelling songs, underpinned by the great supportive guitar work of Lee Underwood and the vibes of David Friedman. From here he would experiment more with avant-garde technique for a spell (Lorca, Starsailor) before returning to more conventional rock.

Customer Reviews

good feelings

i just picked this album up, awesome stuff. tim buckley was an amazing musician, father of a voice we loved and a deep man. we thank him for the tunes he leaves behind

Blue Afternoon

I have been searching for this album on CD for years. You could always find music by Tim Buckley, but to me Blue River is one of the finest albums you will ever hear. The tone is dark and the music melancholy, some may even describe it as depressing but I believe it some of the most beautiful I’ve ever had the pleasure to listen to. Buckley’s voice has always been exceptional and clearly adds to the tone and mood of the music on this CD. If you like soft, beautiful music then you need to own this CD I am so happy that I-tunes have added this CD to their library, Thank You!

I dont get it

That itunes has this and the other out of print cd Starsailor but not Happy/Sad or Goodbye Hello his best albums which has his best singing. You can easily get those on Amazon. This is better then starsailor becasue unlike starsailor there are actual songs on here. This to me is like a weeker version of Happy/Sad though it is good.


Born: February 14, 1947 in Washington D.C.

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s

One of the great rock vocalists of the 1960s, Tim Buckley drew from folk, psychedelic rock, and progressive jazz to create a considerable body of adventurous work in his brief lifetime. His multi-octave range was capable of not just astonishing power, but great emotional expressiveness, swooping from sorrowful tenderness to anguished wailing. His restless quest for new territory worked against him commercially: By the time his fans had hooked into his latest album, he was onto something else entirely,...
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